I’d never heard the term until seeing it on here and realize that it’s used in regards to speaker setups on desks and such. let’s discuss the nuances of nearfield, so us noobs can learn about how we can make for better sound around our PC’s and such.
being I know nothing, I’ll wait for M0N to come in and ejumicate all of us!
Nearfield speaker listening is pretty self explanatory, as you have the speakers very close, and close enough that it mainly directs sound towards you and the sound is louder then the effect of the room. This term is commonly used for studio monitors, as they are typically designed to be used nearfield. Not all speakers sound good in a nearfield setup, but you can always try. There are both ups and downs to nearfield. A benefit is that the room acoustics are less important in a proper nearfield setup. A potential downfall is that some music that was mixed with speakers positioned for listening in a room might sound better with traditional room setups. Another thing as nearfield speakers tend to be tuned towards a more neutral or flat response and prioritize detail, but typically have less consideration for and potentially lower imagining and soundstaging capabilities, because that can be increased by the room acoustics and the room acoustics play a lower part in the sound of nearfield speakers. Another potential downside is that they need to be more accurately placed to acheive a desirable result, where speakers in a room might be more forgiving. That being said, if a speaker was designed for nearfield most of those concerns really aren’t issues
Nearfield can also pertain to a design of a speaker as well
Edit: also man I misread that last sentence when I first saw it
also, are there any guides our write-ups out there that help you figure out best placement and such? for instance, in another thread you mentioned that some speakers should be about 10" from the wall and no less than 3:". that’s awfully hard to do with a desk, being most are about 2ft in depth and depending on how ‘wide’ the desk is, the speakers would almost be pointing at each other while you’re in the center between them, hopefully.
It really depends on the room, speakers, and setups. I thought that the range I gave was appropriate for his speakers and his room, but I might not recommend that with a different room and speakers. There are some great guides on line that you can find, but every room is different, and each speaker reacts differently to a room, so that’s something to keep in mind. It just takes time after an initial setup and mess around with placement so it works for you. I can’t place someones speakers for them, so I can only give them suggestions
Also I don’t want to comment on what I had thought I had read
well, more information on what nearfield is will be helpful, period. all the different things that need to be taken into consideration will be done by the individual at the right time. getting a handle on the different terms and concepts involved in a proper / optimal setup is what I hope this thread will accomplish
Speaker placement is more critical at desktop/nearfield. I have mine at ear level but you can set them on the desk angled up up toward you With foam wedges for little stands or something and they could be spread out another couple feet -toed inn. Mine are that close together because that’s about the only spot I had but it sounds pretty good - sounds like it’s coming from the middle of my monitor if I’m watching a video - but I get left to right separation when it’s supposed to be
well, if I put my desk so that the window is centered behind my monitors, I have space on the wall to mount my YU6 or BeoLab S9’s. buuut, I might be getting another L desk that will let me create a U shape and I’m not sure exactly how I would lay everything out then.
Just have to experiment with speaker placement. Alot of guys run desktop set ups on L-shaped desks / just got a find the right spot in the right angle where the sound hits both your ear holes at the same time.